Holiday Brunch with Friends | A Quiche & A Quick Bread

by Melissa on December 29, 2011

Yesterday a few of my favorite people came over for a holiday brunch.

Nothing too fancy, just great people and great conversation, and maybe a few great mimosas as well.

And unfortunately (and luckily for me, fortunately), I always like to test out new recipes when I have people over. This time I found two recipes on the domestic queen’s (Martha Stewart) website and decided that they would be perfect for our little gathering.

So, goat cheese quiche with a hash brown crust and clementine vanilla quick bread it was!

I am a sucker for quiches, though till now I hadn’t found a recipe that I really enjoyed making at home. Actually, I take that back. I don’t generally make egg based dishes at home. I love them, but Paul doesn’t. Since he was away at work yesterday, I took this as my chance to make a great quiche and surround myself with people who would enjoy it.

Getting to use my new favorite kitchen accessory: a springform pan, was a bonus. And adding in some veggies to the recipe gave the quiche amazing flavor and an extra kick of healthiness.

The verdict?

The quiche – delicious. The quick bread – delicious.

I’m pretty sure these two recipes will be going on my permanent holiday brunch recipe list. Recipes that look and taste fancy, but are easy to make are always a hit with me!

Goat Cheese Quiche with Hash Brown Crust (adapted from Martha Stewart) – serves 8
2 tablespoons butter, softened, plus more for pan
1 package (1 lb) frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
10 large eggs
Sea salt and ground pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
half of one yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup baby spinach
1 1/2 cups reduced-fat sour cream
1 package (4 oz) soft goat cheese, room temperature
4 scallions, thinly sliced

Let’s Cook:
Preheat oven to 375˚F.

Brush a 9-by-2 1/2-inch springform pan with butter, and line the sides of the pan with strips of parchment paper (same height as pan); brush paper with butter.

Squeeze excess moisture from thawed hash browns. Mix hash browns in a bowl with butter, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Press into bottom and up sides of prepared pan, using a moistened dry measuring cup. Place on a rimmed baking sheet; bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the edges start to turn slightly golden brown.

Saute the onion in a pan with the olive oil for about 2 minutes, then add the red pepper and saute for another minute, then add the baby spinach and saute for 2-3 minutes until the spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk sour cream, goat cheese, 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until well combined; whisk in 9 remaining eggs. Then stir in the red pepper-spinach mixture.

Pour the egg mixture into the hash brown crust, and sprinkle the top with scallions. Bake until the quiche is set, 45 to 50 minutes. Tap the side of the pan, if the sides of the quiche are set and the middle is slightly jiggly, the quiche is done.

Unmold quiche, and peel off parchment paper before serving.

Recipe for the Clementine-Vanilla Quick Bread over here!

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1 Shumaila December 30, 2011 at 11:27 am

The quiche looks really inviting! Pinning it! Thanks for sharing!

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2 Melissa January 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Thanks!!

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3 Eggton December 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Amazing. “Hash brown crust” made me do a double-take.

Happy new year!

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4 Melissa January 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

“Hash brown crust” is what made me want to make this quiche in the first place! Well, and the goat cheese :)

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5 Ambika December 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm

The quiche looks to die for!! Happy new year

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6 Melissa January 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Thanks!! Happy new year!

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7 The Americaine January 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm

This is so intriguing! I am going to have to try it for not only is it so original, it also sounds delicious.

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8 Melissa January 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Let me know how your’s turns out! Hope you enjoy it!

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9 Jenny @ Savour the Senses January 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I love goat cheese and I love the idea of the hash brown crust!! Looks delicious!

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10 ATasteOfMadness March 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

This may be the best sounding thing I have seen all day, I must try this sometime, thank you!

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11 Clara April 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I saw this recipe on tastespotting.com yesterday and made it this morning for relatives visiting for brunch. It was a great hit! I used 12 eggs instead of 10. I love the spinach with red peppers and green onions. Looks like thMartha Stewart recipe wasn’t nearly as flavorful as yours. It was so delicious, thank you!

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12 Amy | Club Narwhal March 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

Hi, Melissa! I love your take on this quiche and am excited to use spinach the next time I make it. Since I’m a little addicted to cheese, I added some shredded mozzarella to the hash brown mixture and it made the crust even more delightfully crispy. Wouldn’t it be fun to experiment with non-quiche fillings for this crust? I’m thinking a ratatouille-type filling would be delicious :)

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